by Jennifer Matsui edited by O Society October 17, 2019 The question, “What is neoliberalism?” invites a response similar to the old canard about art: “I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it.” Unlike art, which seldom rears its head outside a rarified, specially-designated setting, neoliberalism is everywhere, which is … Continue reading Neoliberalism: Dare Not Speak Its Name
by Gideon Lichfield edited by O Society October 10, 2019 “There are two kinds of propaganda,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited, a retrospective on his famous novel: "rational propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with the enlightened self-interest of those who make it and those to whom it is addressed…" … Continue reading 21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion
Global Climate Strike edited by O Society September 20, 2019 This week is historic. In over 150 countries, people step up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we. Young people woke up much of the world with their powerful … Continue reading The Global Climate Strike is Happening Right Now
by Bernie Sanders edited by O Society September 18, 2019 WALTER CRONKITE ONCE SAID “journalism is what we need to make democracy work.” He was absolutely right, which is why today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action. Real journalism is … Continue reading Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism
by Helen Buyniski edited by O Society September 10, 2019 The pathologization of emotion has been on the march for decades, especially in the US, where fully one sixth of the adult population takes an antidepressant or other psychiatric drug. But with depression “conquered” by medication - even as both diagnosis rates and suicides are at … Continue reading You’ll Never Be Lonely Again
The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour edited by O Society September 10, 2019 We are swimming in writing. Our lives have become, in the words of the author and academic Shoshana Zuboff, an “electronic text”. Social media platforms have created a machine for us to write to. The bait is that we are interacting with other … Continue reading The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media?